Last weekend I was in Spain with work, this weekend I fly to Orlando with my wife’s family, so here’s a quick film and TV roundup before I go away and read all those articles I have saved up.
This week another adaptation of Alan Moore’s The Watchmen hits our (ok, America’s screens) in the form of Damon Lindelof’s HBO series (not a retelling though, this is a ‘remix’ apparently).
I’m excited for this, mainly because I adored The Leftovers. But I have been burned by Moore adaptations before (and I have been burned by Lindelof before -cough-Lost-cough), so we’ll see. It’s been fun reading the coverage though, especially as Lindelof thinks Alan Moore has cursed him (literally). Meanwhile The NY Times dug right into the history of The Watchmen universe, and my most trusted review source (The AV Club) gave the preview a B score.
Certain to be my most disappointing thing (not just ‘film’ but ‘thing) of the year, is Joker. God, I hated this film. So much so that it made me angry. I’m not going to waste space or time writing about it (I’m already bored of the endless conversations), but if you want to read a review which is very close to my feelings this from Mubi‘s blog is very good.
Or, if you want to watch a deadpan YouTuber talk about the problems with the film for 30 minutes, I can recommend this:
Certain to be amongst (if not at the the top of) my top films of the year is Parasite by Bong Joon ho. It’s everything Joker isn’t: smart, funny, well-directed, engaging, interesting fun… But don’t just take my word for it. As it’s about to come out in the States there’s a ton of good press about it, including this overcooked headline from AV Club: Parasite may be Bong Joon Ho’s most thrilling ride on the genre-hopping Snowpiercer express, and Director Bong Joon ho on his favourite filmmakers and the rich kid who inspired Parasite (also from AV Club, sorry, I really need to widen my reading habits), Bong Joon-ho’s Dystopia Is Already Here from Vulture which contains a cracking Harvey Weinstein anecdote, and Why everyone is talking about Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Parasite’: A thriller rooted in class conflict from the LA Times.
(There’s a lot of different ways to write Joon Ho in those headlines, I just realised)
Other things watched in the last few weeks: Welles’s The Magnificent Ambersons (great but understandably flawed – not Orson’s fault), Netflix Stephen King (and son) adaptation, In The Tall Grass (not good), and documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (great stuff).
See you in a week or so! In the meantime, here’s a short film about Robyn’s gig at Alexandra Palace earlier this year, which i was at and which was amazing: